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Solar Storm to Hit the Earth
Solar Storm Information - March 2012
There is another solar storm coming, and it is due to hit the earth early on Thursday, March 8, 2012. The sun is doing it again and the world is watching with expectation to see what happens this time. Of course, we can expect it to effect the earth's magnetic field at the very least. We can also expect some expansion with the Northern Lights. Photographers of this sort of thing that can catch it, are going to be getting ready.
So what can we expect from this giant blast of plasma that the sun seems to spit out? Well they are saying that the plasma can be sent out as the speed of four million miles per hour. This is what happened on Tuesday March 6. This may turn out to be the largest solar event since late 2006. It is not "end of the world stuff" by any means, but it does affect our lives in issues like having to get our planes rerouted, and possibly knocking out power grids. It can also effect radios of course.
Starting Tuesday March 6, 2012 the sun began unleashing its power which results in a crazy day of strong solar storms. So just one of the flares is probably beating out the one we had earlier in the year, which I find fascinating.
What Does the Storm Do?
Once the flares occur, the solar storm grows as it races outward from the sun. In fact, it grows and grows not unlike a large soap bubble does in the kitchen sink filling up with hot soapy water. This helped to give me an image in my mind, and one can only imagine that looks like and the effect, when its stuff from the sun!
It will hit earth at some point. The huge flares happening this time are ranked X Class storms which is the strongest type of solar storm there is. There have been other solar flares happening as well, just not as massive. There was one on large one for instance on Sunday night.
Consider it like X-ray emissions from the sun itself. This is perhaps the most significant since 2006.
The next 24 hours will be critical in terms of seeing the effect overall from the suns latest activity. It sure does seem like a lot is going on, so many changes in the weather, etc.
Certain things have already been affected negatively, like polar flights for instance. We have yet to see what else comes from it. Astronauts at the international space station have ways of shielding themselves from the onslaught, and I hope its effective. They can seek out shelter of some kind. It brings new meaning to the words, "seeking shelter from the storm," as this is unlike any storm most of us have ever experienced or ever will.